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April 24, 2015 No Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Conservatives have published an English manifesto for the first time.

The big headline promises are “English votes for English laws” and “an English rate of income tax”.

Both the SNP and Labour say this is a breach of the Smith Commission agreements on more powers for Scotland signed off by all the major parties a couple of months after the independence referendum last year.

The Conservatives deny they are breaking their promises to Scotland, just delivering a fairer deal for England. Who’s right?

24 stgeorge r FactCheck Q&A: English votes for English laws?

What’s the plan?

The Conservatives want to insert a new stage in the process by which parliament makes laws.

If new legislation only affects England, a “grand committee” of English MPs will effectively get a veto over it.

This will prevent Scottish MPs voting on all kinds of laws that affect England, and it will specifically stop Scottish MPs being able to help decide the rate of income tax south of the border. (more…)

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April 23, 2015 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The IFS has scathing words for all the biggest parties as it accuses them of not being straight with voters over spending plans.

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April 22, 2015 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Britain’s biggest food bank charity says more than 1 million needy people received free food in 2014/15, the biggest number on record. The Trussell Trust says it gave food aid to 1,084,604

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April 15, 2015 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Ukip say their manifesto is fully costed and the numbers have been checked by independent economists. Sounds good. Is it true?

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April 14, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Conservatives want to sell off the most valuable council houses to extend the right to buy to housing association tenants. Do the numbers add up?

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April 13, 2015 1 Comment By Ziad Alhasso

Labour claim to have the only fully-costed election manifesto. But do the numbers add up?

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April 8, 2015 1 Comment By Patrick Worrall

Non-doms are the villain of the piece, according to Labour’s latest election pledge. Who are they and are they really dodging massive tax bills?

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April 2, 2015 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Nigel Farage has accused the BBC of bias for questioning him about problems with Ukip election candidates. Does the complaint stand up?

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March 30, 2015 16 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Conservatives are putting their handling of the economy at the centre of the election battle. But not everything has gone according to plan.

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